New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.


Today’s Reflection

In my years of recovery from trauma, I was fortunate to have a community around me that helped me navigate the wilderness of depression. When I did not think I could make it, I reached out to the members of my support team for their assistance. When I felt alone, they sat with me. When I did not know what step to take next, they walked beside me. When I cried tears of sorrow and betrayal, they comforted me. When I could not believe in the Holy One, they believed on my behalf.

—Beth A. Richardson, Walking in the Wilderness: Seeking God During Lent (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

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Today’s Scripture

Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed;
save me, and I shall be saved;
for you are my praise.
—Jeremiah 17:14 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Holy One, my body, soul, and spirit hunger and thirst for you. Here in this barren wilderness, fill me with your living water. Shape me into the one you would have me become. Amen.
Beth A. Richardson, Walking in the Wilderness
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  • robert moeller Posted March 28, 2022 7:08 am

    I think I searched for church knowing the help it can and does bring. There has been wonderful Bible study here. I also think giving brings receiving. Lots of different activities in preparation for the move are now taking place. Thankful for communion and an in person pastor yesterday. My condo association duties will end on Wednesday. Want to respond to the NE M family but hesitant after my last effort vanished.
    Hymn focused Lenten study tomorrow, our host has returned and this week’s hymns are available from YouTube. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted March 28, 2022 8:57 am

    Both physical and spiritual examples come to mind. Physically, when I was in the hospital, many doctors and health professionals were consulted and provided insights into different aspects of my health issues. Spiritually, returning to the church I attend now has resulted in acceptance and genuine joy in my being present in their midst.
    Megan and I spent the day together yesterday. We went to two unique stores about an hour from us. One has a “bunny trail” that is a group of different vignettes of whimsical creatures frolicking different ways. Many are animatronic and are set up to do cute things like bunnies with lemonade stands and giant M and M’s in an amusement park and the Muppets in aa Wrestlemania type setting. The other staor is a chocolate shop with chocolate sculptors. The newest was a dragon carved of all chocolate that was bigger than myself! We then went out to eat and had a wonderful waitress who chatted with us at length. We had a wonderful day. Today is the first day of changing the cats from free feeding all day to two meals a day. They are NOT happy.
    Prayers for David’s new health symptoms, may they not be a result of anything serious. Prayers for Ally and her many burdens, may God help her carry them. Prayers for Jill’s upcoming review to go well. Prayers for Robert as he begins the transition to his new home area.

  • Jill Posted March 28, 2022 2:05 pm

    God pre-prepared me for the significant valleys and changes that came in 2017-18, by guiding me to a new church, which would further fortify my inner circle…”my people”. My two best friends remained and would have, but the next layer of the friend/people onion was solidified by members of my current church. They supported me so that the scars would be surface level only, not deeply wounding.
    Julie – indeed cats love to graze and are not impressed by an empty food dish or vacant food mat. When I am home on the weekends, every time I walk into the kitchen – Roger rouses himself and follows me in there. He looks at me forlornly and meows like I haven’t fed him in days. I would think by now – at least a month into this – he would know he isn’t getting his second meal until late afternoon. Maybe he thinks I will cave. Sorry, Roger, this is for your own good, and I won’t be caving. My friend, who watched him while I was away, said she wouldn’t be able to ignore him, that she would cave. But – I know she wouldn’t, because ultimately it is for his own good.
    I felt myself walking in to school with a bit of a pep in my step. I think taking in the musical yesterday was very good for me – something totally different and it took my mind off of usual things. Even though I was way behind in grading, I felt weirdly energized.

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